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The OSU Leadership Center is led by a group of professionals dedicated to providing leadership-centered education and research to individuals, organizations and communities.  We provide high-quality, practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities, and we offer an in-depth collection of leadership-related resources for loan. 

Created in 1990, the center is located on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University and is a part of the Departments of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership and OSU Extension.  Our mission is to provide research-based resources and high quality practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities that make a positive difference in the lives of Ohio's citizens.

Quotes of the Day

You have to have confidence in your ability, then be tough enough to follow through.

- Rosalynn Carter -

Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves.

- Anonymous -

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

- Harry S. Truman -

Capital isn't scarce; vision is.

- Sam Walton -

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference

- Robert Frost -

         

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I would like to continue receiving leadership moments as there are many helpful reminders and in some cases, new concepts within them that I can share with my leadership peers.  We incorporate what we find useful....

Renee Kimbell, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor

Appreciated Jeff's relaxed, confident, personal, authentic style of presenting and working with a group.

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As an HR Manager of a large automotive company, I frequently forward the OSU Leadership tips onto our supervisory staff.  Although a lot of times the content may seem basic or common sense like, it is good for...

Kim Schumm, HR Manager, Alex Products Inc.

The What Will it Be Today? Conflict, Compete or Collaborate workshop focus was on me, and what I can do to change how I act in conflict situations. I gained greater understanding that I can not change the way others act...

Vicki Schwartz

You have NO idea how much I appreciate these Leadership moments.  Today's was particularly timely.

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Our Blog

By: Beth Flynn, Monday, November 14th, 2016

1.     Keep an open mind about the view of others

2.     Show genuine concern for other people

3.     Encourage openness and honesty

4.     Communicates clear objectives

5.     Demonstrate commitment to personal and organizational values

6.     Display confidence and capability (p. 164).”

 

What are some things you do to build trust?

 

From: Gautrey, C. (2014).  Influential leadership: a leader’s guide to getting things done.  London:  Kogan Page.

By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

“When it comes to knowing yourself, you are likely to have some blind spots.  We all do.  Unfortunately, not seeing ourselves accurately can have negative consequences.  We may over-estimate our performance and then are surprised when we are passed over for promotion.  Even when the outcomes are not as consequential, we miss opportunities to change our behavior.  Underestimating our performance can also be detrimental.  We may have done well in others’ eyes, but having a low image of our performance can cause us unnecessary stress and may make us take actions that preclude opportunities tha

By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
  1. "Be a good coach.
  2. Empower your team and don't micromanage.
  3. Express interest in team members' success and personal well-being.
  4. Don't be a sissy.  Be productive and results oriented
  5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
  6. Help your employees with career development.
  7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
  8. Have key technical skills so you can help advise the team (p. 72-73)."